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The Monkey House
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Twin Cities Indoor Playgrounds and Play Areas Guide
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Get Moving: Open Play, Gym & Swim Spots for Tots in the Twin Cities
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Twin Cities Indoor Playgrounds: North Metro
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My Plan for Getting My Family to the Ikebana Show at Como
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Budget Twin Cities January Events & Activities
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Budget Twin Cities October Family Events & Activities
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Budget Twin Cities September Events & Activities
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Free Twin Cities September Family Events & Activities
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Minnesota State Fair 2016 Sneak Peek: New Foods and Merchandise

The Monkey House

Monkey House Square 3The Monkey House, 1815 Buerkle Rd, White Bear Lake, MN 55110
Open Play Hours:
10am-3pm Tues-Friday- GREAT for preschoolers, but older kids welcome!
10am-12noon Saturday-Sunday
Holidays and No School Days- Check Events page
Admission per child $7.50; up to 2 Adults and children under 1 year free with a paid child admission.

The Monkey House is a relatively new indoor playground.  They opened last January.  They specialize in private events such as birthday parties but offer open play hours nearly every day.  We were lucky enough to be invited to a birthday party shortly after they opened last year.  The Indoor Play Center is 5000 square and includes inflatable bounce houses, an obstacle course, an eighteen foot slide as well as climbers and a foam pit.  While not as elaborate as some of the city-owned indoor play areas, it is head and shoulders above any mall play area I’ve gone too. 

What they really need to do is offer a game-day package for football season.  I’d be lining up to go almost every Sunday if I could watch the packers in peace while they kids had a good time (and everyone had pizza).


Monkey House Square 1Private Events and Parties
Reservations required
Tue-Friday 3pm-6pm start times
Sat-Sun Noon-6pm start times 

The Monkey House also offers a place to host birthday parties.  Private parties start at $129 for a no frills – just play package.  All other packages (starting at $199) include use of a party room and food


Monkey House Square 2

Note:  We found it a little hard to find.  It is tucked back in a warehouse area of White Bear Lake.  Google Maps repeatedly led us to the wrong building and, at least last year, the sign was not easy to spot from the road. Especially if you are attending a birthday party, I would recommend leaving time to find the place. 

Joy Peters is a co-creator and writer for FamilyFunTwinCities.com.

Twin Cities Indoor Playgrounds and Play Areas Guide

We all know the realities of raising kids in the Minnesota extremities: there’s got to be a place to go were we can escape the elements while still allowing those kids a place to burn off that extra energy. Enter our Twin Cities Indoor Playgrounds and Play Areas list. We hope you can use it to find a new space to wear those littles out — and perhaps catch yourself a break.


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For more options on keeping the little ones moving throughout the chilly months, check out our Open Play, Gym & Swim Spots for Tots in the Twin Cities!

 

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Get Moving: Open Play, Gym & Swim Spots for Tots in the Twin Cities

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Tot Time Open Gym was my savior when my firstborn was a squirrelly toddler who needed a space to run off his pent-up wintertime energy. A few years later, I had four littles under the age of 7 who were climbing the walls and testing the limits of my sanity. Perhaps you find yourself in the same boat? Browse through the listings below to find an open gym, open playtime or open swim near you and treat yourself to a (near) guaranteed naptime:

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Twin Cities Indoor Playgrounds: North Metro

Twin Cities Indoor Playgrounds: North Metro *** Check out our complete Family Fun Twin Cities Indoor Playgrounds Guide ***

Twin Cities Indoor Playgrounds: North Metro *** Check out our complete Family Fun Twin Cities Indoor Playgrounds Guide ***

Maple Maze at Maple Grove Community Center
12951 Weaver Lake Rd., Maple Grove
(763) 494-6500

Open Play hours:
Mon-Sat: 9am – 8pm
Sun: 10am – 6pm

Admission: $4.50 per resident/$5.50 per non-resident ages 1-12, adults and under 1 free. Twilight Special – $3 after 7pm Mon-Sat and Sun after 5pm.

Details: A 2011 renovation punched up the fun at this community gathering place. When I last visited with toddlers, the area devoted to them was pretty ho-hum; new additions give them more options for climbing and sliding if they’re not yet up to braving the “big maze”. The major play structure received updates as well. Four levels of new slides and obstacles to navigate have been installed, including pogo sticks and – will someone please explain this one to me – hoover rings? Parents (and kids) with sensitive stomachs should beware the multi-story orange-and-yellow spiral tube slides! Learn more about Maple Maze and all the Maple Grove Community Center has to offer here.

Eagles Nest - Twin Cities Indoor Playgrounds: North Metro *** Check out our complete Family Fun Twin Cities Indoor Playgrounds Guide ***Eagles Nest Indoor Playground at New Brighton Community Center
400 10th St. NW, New Brighton
(651) 638-2130

Open Play hours:
Mon-Sat: 9am – 8pm
Sun: 11am – 5pm

Admission: $5.50/per child ages 1-12, adults and under 1 free. Twilight Special – $3 after 6pm Mon-Fri.

Details: Eagles Nest isn’t particularly large or fancy, but if you’re looking for a couple hours’ worth of play to tire out the kids on a winter day, this place will do the trick. The toddler zone is surprisingly spacious and includes a mini ball pit. There’s also a ball pit for the bigger kids as well as an 8-ft. climbing wall and a triple slide. I favored this playground when bringing preschoolers – it’s just the right size for them to play independently without the uneasiness of losing sight of them. An adjacent gym offers preschool open playtime on Mondays and Wednesdays from 10.30am – 1.30pm. Read More

My Plan for Getting My Family to the Ikebana Show at Como

The Ikebana Show at Marjorie McNeely Conservatory

Ikebana Show

Marjorie McNeely Conservatory
11/11/2013 to 11/17/2013
10:00 am

This week, the conservatory at Como Zoo will feature artists from Ikebana International’s Minneapolis St Paul Chapter.  Ikebana is the Japanese art of flower arranging — which is probably more appealing to me than my family on the surface.  How do you make this a family event.  My husband is easy.  He likes photography and flowers are one of his favorite subjects.  For the kids, as with all things artistic, I’ll make it hands-on.  Before we head out, we’ll watch the Hulu video below to give everyone a basic understanding of the art of Ikebana. 


The Cardboard Collective is a website dedicated to inspiration for projects, cardboard links, information about tools and techniques, and also a bit about sustainable building, crafting and living.

The Cardboard Collective is a website dedicated to inspiration for cardboard projects, links, tools and techniques; as well as sustainable building, crafting and living.

When we get home, we can try making our own arrangements.  Education.com has kid-friendly instructions we can follow, while the teacup arrangements made by the Cardboard Collective really inspire me.  Who doesn’t love tiny versions of anything?  In fact, on our way home, I think we’ll stop at the thrift store so we can each pick out our own teacup for the arrangements.  One of the great things about Ikebana is that we should be able to purchase one inexpensive bouquet to share and then supplement with yard greenery. 

(oh, and if this fails, we can always visit the monkey house.)


 

Joy Peters is a co-founder of Family Fun Twin Cities.

Budget Twin Cities January Events & Activities

It doesn’t have to break the bank to entertain the family away from home in the Twin Cities, especially after that often spendy holiday season! Our list of budget Twin Cities January family events. all cost $5 or less per person to attend. For more ideas on budget and FREE family outings, check our Family Fun Calendar or hop over to our Free Twin Cities January Family Events & Activities page.Budget Twin Cities December Family Events

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Budget Twin Cities October Family Events & Activities

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It doesn’t have to break the bank to entertain the family away from home in the Twin Cities! You’ll find October’s seasonal and monthly sponsor ongoing events and activities listed here that all cost $5 or less per person to attend. For more ideas on budget and FREE family outings, check our Family Fun Calendar or hop over to our Free Twin Cities October Family Events & Activities page. Read More

Budget Twin Cities September Events & Activities

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It doesn’t have to break the bank to entertain the family away from home in the Twin Cities! You’ll find September’s seasonal and ongoing events and activities listed here that all cost $5 or less per person to attend. For more ideas on budget and FREE family outings, check our Family Fun Calendar or hop over to our Free Twin Cities September Family Events & Activities page.


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Minnesota State Fair 2016 Sneak Peek: New Foods and Merchandise

The Minnesota State Fair is something my kids anticipate every year though we are not diehards like Anne and her family. We go once or maybe twice, but my kids start asking to go to the fair in January. It’s with much excitement that my kids anticipate the end of August. 

This year, Anne and I were invited back to The Great Minnesota Blog Together to check out a preview of what’s to come. Alice Seuffert of Dining with Alice and Christine Noonan of the Minnesota State Fair have put this event together for three years now and we are always thrilled to go.
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